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« Reply #50 on: November 18, 2007, 10:48:33 pm »
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Event Date: 3-03-1945
Event Description: The Nazi German occupiers install former Egyptian Prime Minster Mustafa Al Nahhas Pasha as the new leader of Egypt. Al Nahhas Pasha was removed years before for being pro-Nazi, and now he has the chance to aide Hitler in his “final solution” for all Jews. Little does he know that Muslims are also to be a target for Hitler.

Event Date: 4-12-1945
Event Description: Former Senator and Vice-President Franklin Roosevelt suffers a minor stroke at his home in Hyde Park, New York. He will recover from the stroke, but will be unable to speak at the Jefferson Day dinner. Several prospective 1948 Democratic Presidential candidates were expected to attend. Governor Herbert Lehman of New York, a good friend of Roosevelt, is given the keynote speaking role that night. Governor Lehman could be a strong candidate for the Democrats in 1948, but he is Jewish, and thus out of the running.

Event Date: 4-30-1945
Event Description: German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler marries his longtime mistress Eva Braun in a ceremony held at the new SS headquarters in Berlin. Hitler’s best man is Albert Speer, the architect of the “New Berlin” to be finished by November of 1946. The selection of Speer will lead to a splintering on Hitler’s “inner circle”, but the Fuehrer was growing tired of some of them anyway. Attending foreign dignitaries include Vice-President Styles Bridges and Generalissimo Francisco Franco.

Event Date: 5-10-1945
Event Description: Ronald Reagan, “The Voice of the Nation”, begins a series of investigative radio reports on the Communist hunts of Attorney General Hoover. He leaves Senator Joe McCarthy out of the report, because Reagan sees McCarthy as, “Just another politician looking for an issue to run on. He’s harmless.” Reagan sees Attorney General J. Edgar Hoover, the man responsible for upholding the Constitution of the United States, as the real threat to the nation. “These reports,” Reagan tells his audience, “Will make you not just ill from the injustices caused, but ill because such acts are happening in America, the land of the free.” For the next six nights, Reagan will point out the unconstitutional actions of Attorney General Hoover and FBI Director Alan Dulles while conducting their domestic Communist hunts. Hoover and Dulles (along with their aides in the Justice Department) have violated search and seizure laws, coached witnesses, put false witnesses in court, obtained evidence by breaking into homes without the proper warrants, and forced written admissions of guilt from several arrested Communists.

Event Date: 5-16-1945
Event Description: “When it all comes down to it,” Ronald Reagan tells his millions of listeners, “Can we really trust our own Justice Department? Can we trust those who would force confessions, pay witnesses, and forge testimonies to fuel a national panic over an imagined enemy? The answer, for the millions and millions of honest Americans listening tonight, is a firm and powerful, ‘No.’ Hoover and Dulles have abandoned trust for chaos, and it is time President MacArthur abandons them for honest men.” At the White House, President MacArthur is listening. “We will see,” the President says as he smirks, “Won’t we Ronny?”

Event Date: 5-17-1945Event Description: FBI Agent George Lincoln Rockwell asks Attorney General J. Edgar Hoover for a position in the Justice Department. “I served you well as your ‘mole’ in the Communist societies,” Rockwell reminds Hoover, “So I deserve a job with this administration.” “Don’t tell me what you deserve,” Attorney General Hoover tells Rockwell, “You did what you had to do, and I thank you for it. However, your useful purpose to me is over.” With that, Hoover ends the meeting. An angry Rockwell vows revenge for this "injustice".

Event Date: 5-18-1945
Event Description: President MacArthur holds a Rose Garden ceremony, honoring Attorney General Hoover and FBI Director Alan Dulles. “Attorney General Hoover and Director Dulles are American heroes,” the President proudly proclaims, “The words of a radio personality will never diminish the great work for freedom that these men have so nobly done.” President MacArthur then pins the Presidential Medal of Freedom on the chests of Hoover and Dulles as a band plays, “God Bless America.” President MacArthur has thrown the ball into Reagan’s court, but Dutch won’t falter.

Event Date:  5-20-1945
Event Description: Ronald Reagan meets with Representative Joseph P. Kennedy, Junior, at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Reagan tells Kennedy that he wants him to introduce an article of impeachment against Attorney general J. Edgar Hoover for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” “Why are you asking me?” Kennedy asks Reagan, “Why not get Old Man Rayburn (meaning House Minority Leader Sam Rayburn of Texas) or some other veteran of the House?” “I want a new man to introduce this,” Reagan tells him, “To symbolize that if old men won’t enforce the laws, then the task has been handed to a new generation of Americans.” Kennedy’s father, former Governor Joseph Kennedy, Senior, tells his son to take the job. “This could be your ticket to national stardom,” the elder Joe tells his son, “Then, maybe, the White House soon?”   


Event Date: 6-06-1945
Event Description: With Congress anxious to go on a summer break, Representative Joseph Kennedy prolongs their stay by introducing an article of impeachment against Attorney General Hoover for violating Constitutional laws, and thus committing, “high crimes and misdemeanors” against the United States government. Immediately, the House of Representatives explodes in argument! “What a show!” CBS radio commentator Walter Winchell declares, “An impeachment, the finest circus of all American politics!”

Event Date: 6-09-1945
Event Description: “The laws of this nation must not be overridden by any man!” House Minority Leader Sam Rayburn declares, “The actions of J. Edger Hoover are despicable, and must not go unpunished.” This statement mirrors that of the many Democratic speeches given this day. Speaker of the House Joseph Martin decries Representative Kennedy’s, “Showboating.” Representative Richard Nixon (Republican of California) calls Kennedy, “A would-be President trying to gain fame by destroying an honest man.” For the Republicans, the impeachment seems to be more of a character assassination of Representative Kennedy than a trial. By the end of the day, Attorney general Hoover’s job seems to be in doubt. Enough Republicans may have been convinced of his lawless actions to vote to have him convicted.

Event Date: 6-17-1945
Event Description: Three FBI agents are apprehended while trying to enter Ronald Reagan’s office at NBC studios. Once of the FBI burglars, George Lincoln Rockwell, is traced back to being an FBI mole in the Abraham Lincoln Society. Rockwell, who has been upset ever since Hoover refused to give him a job, spills his guts to New York City police interrogators. That night, the New York Post (a Democratic newspaper) reports that Hoover had ordered three FBI agents to break into Reagan’s office to find something to, “Discredit him, and screw our other political enemies.” The House of Representatives is now more than likely going to vote to impeach Attorney General Hoover.

Event Date: 6-18-1945
Event Description: President MacArthur calls Attorney General Hoover to the Oval Office. He holds up the New York Post article, “Is this true?” “Mr. President, “Hoover says nonchalantly, “You know that sometimes we have to bend the law to protect our liberties.” “But isn’t breaking into a radio commentators home a little extreme?” President MacArthur asks. “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Hoover tells the President, “And I thought a warrior like you would know that.” With this, Hoover angrily leaves the Oval Office. MacArthur had intended to fire him, but now can’t find the backbone to do it.

Event Date: 6-23-1945
Event Description: The House of Representatives votes to impeach Attorney General J. Edgar Hoover for, “High crimes and misdemeanors.” The Senate is expected to convict Hoover in a few days. Senator Harry Truman, a progressive Republican and favorite of President MacArthur, declares that he will vote to convict the Attorney General. “I wouldn’t trust Ed Hoover any farther than I could throw him,” Truman declares, “He can lie his way out of almost anything; that is not the man we need upholding the Constitution.”

Event Date: 6-24-1945
Event Description: Attorney General J. Edgar Hoover resigns as Attorney General of the United States. After having an article of impeachment passed against him, Hoover knew he could not escape being removed from office.

Event Date: 7-01-1945
Event Description: President Douglas MacArthur nominated Governor Earl Warren of California for Attorney General. Governor Warren will be easily confirmed, and compared to the perennially sinister J. Edgar Hoover, Warren looks like St. Peter.

Event Date: 7-03-1945
Event Description: FBI Director Alan Dulles is fired by President MacArthur. The law breaking saga of Hoover and Dulles is now over, but the nation’s trust in its government is shattered. “We as a nation must forgive the President for the men he has surrounded himself with,” Ronald Reagan tells the nation that night, “He has seen the error of his ways, and for this he is to be commended.” The Hoover-Dulles Affair will haunt Washington, D.C., for years to come.       
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Event Date: 11-08-1945
Event Description: The New Berlin is unveiled to the word. Designed by Albert Speer, the massive project was completed a year early. The new city includes the massive “Hall of the People” and several “victory arches.” The most prominent is one nearly duplicating the Arc de Triumph, rubbing France’s defeat in its face. President MacArthur does not attend the ceremonies, but Vice-President Bridges does. “Our two nations can work together for peace,” Bridges tells Fuehrer Adolf Hitler, “If we don’t seek peace, than we will go into the darkness.” Vice-President Bridges, seen by many as a useful stooge for Nazi Propaganda, is applauded for his words to Hitler.

Event Description: 1-25-1946
Event Description: Under President Herbert Hoover’s Second new Deal, a minimum wage of $2.15 was established. Senator Dennis Chavez (Republican of New Mexico) introduces the Minimum Wage Increase Act. This act would increase the minimum wage by $1.25 every 10-year, with the money adjusted for inflation. Chavez, a former Democrat, has introduced something that even the most progressive Republicans will oppose. “It is not that we do not support a raise in the minimum wage,” Senator Wayne Morse (Republican of Oregon) tells his colleagues, “It is the decade raise that we object to. Perhaps if it is lowered we will agree.” This is not to be. A coalition of Democrats and conservative Republicans will not just defeat Chavez’s bill, but also several smaller increases.

Event Description: 2-01-1946
Event Description: In response to the failure of the Congress to pass any minimum wage bill, the AFL-CIO calls for a general strike until the minimum wage is raised. “Let them strike,” Senator Joseph McCarthy bellows, “We can get rid of their right to strike quite easily.”         

Event Date: 2-15-1946
Event Description: Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes his first public appearance since 1940. Speaking before a crowd of students and professors at the University of Toronto, Churchill tells the students that, “In your lifetime you shall see a final battle between the forces of freedom and fascism. A curtain of hate has fallen over Europe, from the British Isles to the Aegean Sea. My own generation lacks the power to fight it, but yours must not.” His speech is well received, and in attendance at the event is NBC’s Ronald Reagan. “Britain needs this man, now more than ever,” Reagan tells his radio audience that night.

Event Date: 2-24-1946
Event Description: In Argentina, the Nazi backed Colonel Juan Peron is elected President. The Third Reich has been infiltrating governments through coups, elections, and “peace keeping” missions throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, but never in the Americas.

Event Date: 3-02-1946
Event Description: In the election for President of Vietnam, Nationalist candidate (and Nazi backed) General Ngo Dinh Diem defeats Social Democratic candidate Ho Chi Mihn in an election dominated by fraud, voter suppression, and violence. Diem was successfully able to tie Mihn to the discredited philosophy of Marxism. Mihn declares that the election is a fraud, and plans his own inauguration. However, the socialist will not live that long. SS assassins, working under the orders of both Hitler and Diem, kill Mihn before the week is out.   

Event Date: 3-03-1946
Event Description: Senator Robert Taft (Republican of Ohio) and Representative Fred Hartley (Republican of New Jersey) introduce the Taft-Hartley Act to end the general strike led by the AFL-CIO since early February. All Union strikes will be illegal if, “They interfere with common safety or health.” The act is bitterly argued, but will pass in both houses and be signed into law by President MacArthur. This act divides the GOP into two groups: pro-union and anti-union. 

Event Date: 10-10-1946
Event Description: It has been more than seven months since the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act, making striking proactively illegal, but the massive strike led by the AFL-CIO continues. To conclude it, President MacArthur does not urge a minimum wage increase; he instead declares that all strikers will be drafted into the army if they are still walking the picket line on November 1st, 1946. The President’s firm response is applauded by conservatives, but as a member of a progressive party, MacArthur has tied his own political noose for the 1946 Midterms.

Event Date: 11-08-1946
Event Description: The GOP base stays home, leading to the Republicans losing massively in both houses of Congress. The Republicans maintain a narrow lead in both houses, but they are only by a sliver. President MacArthur has lost his working majorities in Congress, and will say that, “Peace is hell.”     
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« Reply #52 on: November 20, 2007, 07:03:36 pm »
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Great update. However, it's Minh, not Mihn.
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Event Date: 1-15-1947
Event Description: The House and Senate elect its leaders. In the Senate, Majority Leader Arthur Vandenberg is replaced by Senator William Knowland (Republican of California). Knowland, a veteran of the Japanese-American War, is not a traditional California progressive, like Herbert Hoover, Hiram Johnson, and Earl Warren. In fact, Knowland was able to defeat Senator Vandenberg only after he was endorsed by Senator Joseph McCarthy, the controversial communist hunter. To appease progressive Republicans, Senator Harry Truman is made Assistant Majority Leader and Majority Whip.

Event Date: 1-29-1947
Event Description: Former Senator Franklin Roosevelt, recovered from his stroke, begins a secret project. With help from BBC’s Edward Murrow, he begins regular broadcast of “Radio Free America” in Nazi Germany, Vichy France, and Italy. These broadcasts are outside of Europe’s own frequencies, so the Nazis can not stop the message of freedom that Roosevelt is sending to the resistance in Europe.

Event Date: 2-05-1947
Event Description: Senator Harry Truman introduces an act to repeal the Taft-Hartley Act. “I have been a businessman and I hate strikes as much as any businessman,” Truman tells his Senate colleagues, “However, I know when an act is unconstitutional, and I am damned sure the American people know too.” With help from Senate Minority Leader Alban Barkley, Truman’s bill will pass. The House of Representatives will also pass this act, against the wishes of Speaker Joseph Martin. President MacArthur, fearing another nationwide strike if he vetoes the act, signs it into law. The Taft-Hartley Act is no more.

Event Date: 2-16-1947
Event Description: Inspired by the equality of the United States and their great baseball teams, Cuban attorney Fidel Castro immigrates to Florida along with his mother and his brother, Raul. The 21- year old attorney hopes to try out for a professional team in 1948. Meanwhile, he is regarded as the finest sandlot player in Panama City, Florida.

Event Date: 3-01-1947
Event Description: At his wedding, Nazi rocket scientist Wernher von Braun takes time out of his festivities to go outside. His breath of fresh air is not just to distance himself from a very drunk Hermann Goering, but also to meet with Albert Speer, who was his best man. “We are close to a satellite,” von Braun tells the Nazi architect, “I would say that a satellite of ours will orbit the Earth by 1950.” “This is excellent,” Speer tells the scientist, “However, we are receiving news that the Americans are working on a project of their own…and atomic bomb.”

Event Date: 3-03-1947
Event Description: “SPY IN ATOMIC PLAN!” blares the front page of the New York Times. The report reveals that the Maine-born William Colepaugh, who had been an aide to the scientists in the Tennessee-based Manhattan Project, has been selling atomic secrets to the master German spy, Erich Gimpel. George Marshall, who had been heading up the project, calls such speculations, “Ridiculous, hysterical hoopla used fro selling newspapers.” In Berlin, however, this dismissal by Marshall is not a reality. The Nazis have a great deal of information on the atomic bomb, but not enough to complete the weapon. With the spies found out, the Germans now fear they will never have the bomb before the United States. President MacArthur, who now must admit that the Manhattan Project exists, simply tells the scientists to continue working. It is expected that by 1949, there will be a working atomic bomb.

Event Date: 3-05-1947
Event Description: Ronald Reagan rages against the Nazi espionage in the Manhattan Project. “These servants of a salve master like Hitler claim to be our ‘friends’!” a very angry Dutch booms, “Yet they spy on us, try to take our secrets, and then do not even do anything to reaffirm their supposed ‘friendship’? When will President MacArthur, Secretary of State Larson, Vice-President Bridges, Senator Knowland, Speaker Martin, and the rest of that crew finally come to their senses and end all ties to the Empire of Evil, the Third Reich.” This statement, “The Empire of Evil”, is one that really divides Reagan’s large audience. Some feel this rhetoric is nearly a declaration of war, while others applaud the candor of the statement.

Event Date: 3-15-1947
Event Description: Secretary of State Morgan Larson and German Foreign Minster Hermann Goering meet in Reykjavik, Iceland, to discuss the espionage in Tennessee. “Why would you do such a thing?” is the first thing Morgan asks Goering after they shake hands. “Maybe this is the reason?” Goering sarcastically asks as he turns on a radio. Iceland is outside Europe’s frequencies, so as clear as a bell, the baritone voiced Franklin Delano Roosevelt can be heard preaching freedom to the masses of Europe. “Is this the way your government treats a trusted ally?” Goering yells, “We signed a friendship agreement in this very city!” Morgan explains he didn’t know, that Radio Free America is not sanctioned by the United States Government, but Goering refuses to listen. He knows that the Germans have had spies in the Manhattan Project since it was begun again in 1945, but Radio Free America is a good alibi. Secretary of State Morgan promises to end the radio station, but demands an apology from the Nazi. Goering refuses, and the meeting ends.

Event Date: 3-22-1947
Event Description: Franklin Roosevelt is arrested for espionage. His Radio Free America, preaching resistance to the people of Europe, has been a short lived experiment in the promotion of liberty worldwide. Senator Roosevelt will be found not guilty by a jury sick of an administration that seemingly bows to every whim the Nazis have. Edward R. Murrow will continue Radio Free Britain.

Event Date: 5-15-1947
Event Description: Secretary of State Morgan Larson resigns. The former New Jersey governor has decided that the job is not as easy as it once was. American-German relations are deteriorating quickly, and Larson wanted nothing to do with this high stress position. President MacArthur nominated former Vice-President Charles Dawes for the post, and he will be confirmed easily.

Event Date: 11-24-1947
Event Description: The Congress passes the Central Intelligence Agency Act. The new CIA will perform the first domestic spying in history. President MacArthur vows to veto the bill, but reconsiders when it passes both houses with overwhelming support. The scare over Nazi spies in the Manhattan Project has led to the USA entering the spying game.
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« Reply #54 on: November 20, 2007, 11:39:11 pm »
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Event Date: 2-18-1948
Event Description: The New Hampshire Primary takes place. Although primaries used to be worthless, the sheer number of candidates in the 1948 presidential race has made them a necessity. The Republican Primary is an easy win for native son, Vice-President Styles Bridges. President MacArthur’s loyal veep defeats Ohio Governor John W. Bricker, New York Senator Thomas Dewey, Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen, and Attorney General Earl Warren in the Granite State primary. Warren comes in second, though he is quite far behind Bridges. In the Democratic Primary, Arizona Senator Ernest McFarland wins an upset victory over his boss, Senate Majority Leader Alban Barkley, Georgia Senator Richard Russell, New York Governor Hugh Lehman, Connecticut Governor Robert Hurley, and bombastic Louisiana Senator Huey Long.

Event Date: 3-05-1948
Event Description: Earl Warren wins the Oregon Primary, defeating his main rival Styles Bridges. The Vice-President had tried to sue the internal Communism issue to his advantage, but Senator Wayne Morse’s endorsement of Warren sealed the deal.

Event Date: 3-12-1948
Event Description: Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and North Dakota vote for Vice-President Bridges, ending the candidacy of Governor Stassen. Attorney General Warren is able to win New York and California; making up for the losses, but the momentum is now with Bridges.

Event Date: 4-06-1948
Event Description: In a pitched battle, Vice-President Bridges ekes out a 51-49% victory in the Illinois Primary over Attorney General Warren. This primary win seems to have sealed the nomination for Bridges, but Warren will fight on. 

Event Date: 4-10-1948
Event Description: The United States air force begins making routine spying missions over German cities. President MacArthur likes none of it, but realizes that this is the only way that the United States can remain on equal footing with the Nazis.

Event Date: 5-03-1948
Event Description: Although the Nazis tried to influence the elections, American aide to anti-Nazi parties in China has led to the Third Reich losing local legislative lections in the Republic of China. The USA has finally begun fighting the Third Reich’s attempts to control world governments.

Event Date: 6-17-1948
Event Description: Senator Ernest McFarland is nominated for President of the United States at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. McFarland had used his upset win in New Hampshire to power his victory in the primaries. The convention selects former Indiana Governor Henry Schricker as McFarland’s running-mate. The Democratic Platform promises a foreign policy which is tough on Nazi expansionism and a budget that is balanced. It once again attacks the Interstate Highway Act as, “Unneeded, unconstitutional, and a complete waste of money.”

Event Date: 7-05-1948
Event Description: After a hard fought primary battle with Attorney General Earl Warren, Vice-President Styles Bridges is nominated by the Republican Convention in Cleveland as their candidate for President of the United States. To appease disappointed progressives, Senator Wayne Morse of Oregon is named as Bridge’s running-mate. An awkward handshake between Warren and Bridges does not seem to sew up the bad blood of the primary.

Event Date: 11-02-1948
Event Description: Senator McFarland defeats Vice-President Bridges in a very low key presidential contest.

 

Ernest McFarland/Henry Schricker (D): 288 EV; 51.6% of the PV
Styles Bridges/Wayne Morse (R): 243 EV; 47.9% of the PV
Others (Socialist, Prohibition, etc.): 0 EV; 0.5% of the PV
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« Reply #55 on: November 21, 2007, 01:58:14 am »
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Once again, a great update. I cannot believe that the Democrats won the White House though. Shame the GOP didn't nominate Earl Warren though Sad I'm looking forward to the next update. Will Nixon make an appearence in the next update?
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President Ernest McFarland (1949-1953)

Event Date: 1-20-1949
Event Description: Ernest McFarland is sworn in as President of the United States. President Douglas MacArthur, after presiding over eight years of general peace and prosperity, makes a final address to the nation. “I now enter the twilight of my career,” The former President tells the nation, “But I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barrack ballads of my generation: ‘Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.’”

Event Date: 1-21-1949
Event Description: Franklin Delano Roosevelt is rejected for Secretary of State by the Senate. His ties to “Radio Free America” led many Senators to fear he would lead the nation to a war with Nazi Germany. Roosevelt returns to Hyde Park, where he will live the rest of his life in virtual isolation. “History will absolve me,” he tells his son James. President McFarland’s second nominee, New York Congressman Averill Harriman, is easily confirmed.   

Event Date: 1-31-1949
Event Description: President McFarland meets with Senate Majority Leader William Knowland and Speaker of the House Joseph Martin. Despite his Oval Office win, President McFarland realizes that the Republicans still control both houses of Congress, albeit narrowly. President McFarland assures the two men that he will not cut funding for Interstate Highways and will support continued civil rights legislation, however, he will oppose further spending. Senator Knowland assures the President that the budget will have the same spending as the MacArthur Administration. President McFarland simply tells him, “I guess we’ll see about that, Bill.” Knowland, who hates being called “Bill”, ends the meeting.

Event Date: 2-14-1949
Event Description: NBC Radio star Ronald Reagan marries actress Nancy Davis. The two had met while staring in a radio drama in December 1948.

Event Date: 4-01-1949
Event Description: TIME Magazine releases its ranking of the presidents. Only one, Ulysses Grant, is listed as a “failure”. Great presidents include Washington, Lincoln. Jefferson, Roosevelt, and, surprisingly, Hoover. Near great presidents include Polk, Cleveland, John Adams, and Hull. Douglas MacArthur and Ernest McFarland are not ranked, because one has been out of office to short and one in just the same.

Event Date: 5-10-1949
Event Description: The United States detonates the first atomic bomb in the deserts of New Mexico. The Nazis now are not alone in having “super weapons.”

Event Date: 10-24-1949
Event Description: President McFarland submits his version of the Federal Budget for 1950-1951. It does not include any increases in Social Security spending or public works. Senate Majority Leader William Knowland and Speaker of the House Joseph Martin declare that they will fight the President’s budget. “The President is dealing with forces he can’t fight,” Knowland tells the press, “That power is the needs of the American people.”

Event Date: 11-03-1949
Event Description: House Majority Leader Charles Halleck (Republican of Indiana) introduces the House’s own budget. It nearly triples the funding for Social Security, public works, schools, and other New Deal measures. President McFarland declares that the budget is, “Wrought with pork barrel waste and screaming for a tax hike.” He will never approve of this budget. It seems as if a “standoff” will occur between the Oval Office and Capitol Hill.

Event Date: 12-31-1949
Event Description: One day before the new budget is to take effect, but there is no new budget! Senator Knowland, who has decided to use the budget drama to become amore national figure, and President McFarland have been unable to work out a deal on spending. Despite countless meetings between representatives, the White House and the Congress are at complete odds. As New Years Eve nears midnight, the nation starts to shut down.

Event Date: 1-02-1950
Event Description: The mail is not delivered, electric companies in the TVA shut down, government offices close nationwide, and, in some districts, schools shut down. Despite children enjoying the lack of school, most of the nation is very angry over the lack of mail. President McFarland and Senator Knowland are now in a battle to win the American people’s favor in the budget battle. “The Voice of the Nation” Ronald Reagan stands with President McFarland. “Senator Knowland is the biggest baby in government,” Reagan tells his radio audience, “He can’t accept reality: big government is bad government.” Knowland uses his ties to the nation’s newspapers to appeal to the masses.

Event Date: 1-10-1950
Event Description: The Gallup Poll reveals that a majority of Americans favor Senator Knowland’s budget plan. “56% of those polled believe that Halleck’s budget is the best deal for them,” Gallup reports. With this news, President McFarland and Ronald Regan launch a massive counterstrike, outlining the, “Big taxing and spending,” in the budget. “Democrats think everyday is July 4th,” Reagan declares that night, “While Republicans think everyday is April 15th.” “Tax-and-spend Republicans” becomes a favorite saying of the Democrats. Despite this counterstrike, a majority of Americans seem to stand with Knowland. They have been given these commodities since Hoover in 1925, why not now?
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Event Date: 1-25-1950
Event Description: With an approval rating of 35% and the nation breathing down his back, President McFarland approves of House Majority Leader Halleck’s budget. Finally, the government can reopen. President McFarland’s power is greatly weakened by this episode.

Event Date: 3-19-1950
Event Description: Former Senator and Vice-President Franklin Roosevelt dies of a massive stroke at his home in Hyde Park, New York. The 68-year old Roosevelt is survived by his three sons, with James Roosevelt a candidate for Congress in California, and his former wife, imprisoned Ambassador Eleanor Roosevelt. The legacy of Franklin Roosevelt is one that is almost exclusively in New York State, but one thing that he will be remembered nationally for is his 1940 presidential campaign where he warned the nation of the evils of Nazism.

Event Date: 4-17-1950
Event Description: Emile Schindler, the widow of Oskar Schindler, speaks before the British Parliament. She describes the atrocities of the Nazi regime against Jews, gypsies, and homosexuals throughout their empire. “The evils of this regime need to be fought,” she tells the Parliament, “The regime of Hitler is inhuman. My husband fought it as hard as he could, but even the dreams of one man are not enough to defeat so evil a power. We need the world’s decent people to fight the Nazi regime.” The world response is explosive! As the Nazis declare that such talk is insane, many nations begin to pass resolutions condemning the Nazis and calling for the end of the Nazi regime. “How could this have slipped?” Fuehrer Adolf Hitler booms in his office, “I want every body cremated and ever last mongrel killed!” General Erwin Rommell tells Hitler that such an order is impossible. “My men are soldiers,” Rommell tells Hitler, “Not butchers.” Hitler demands Rommell does his bidding, but “The Desert Fox” refuses. He resigns his commission, and storms out of the Reichstag.

Event Date: 4-20-1950
Event Description: On the 61st birthday of the Fuehrer, a mass demonstration of German workers, clergy, students, and professionals march on the Great Hall of the People in Berlin. They march in opposition to the government’s “Final Solution” for Jews and other minorities. The SS responds to this march by firing at the protesters and arresting all those not killed. The news of this massacre further enrages the world.

Event Date: 4-22-1950
Event Description: In the United States Senate, Senator Carl Hayden (Democrat of Arizona) introduces a resolution for an embargo against Nazi Germany. It passes nearly unanimously, with Republicans bucking their old isolationist ideals. “I hate foreign affairs quite a lot,” Senator Taft tells the press, “But the Nazis have gone too far in not just killing protesters, but covering up genocide.” With even the passionate isolationist Taft on its side, an embargo is established against Nazi Germany.

Event Date: 4-25-1950
Event Description: Nazi Germany launches the first satellite, Morgenstern. This great achievement is one that threatens the United States against the Nazis. Immediately, funds are put aside by Congress to finance an American satellite. President McFarland tells the nation that the satellite “Is a simple parlor trick by the Nazi regime. It does not symbolize any superiority over us.” Senator Knowland calls these remarks, “Ignorant. They are the words of a President who refuses to grapple with reality.”

Event Date: 5-01-1950
Event Date: Nazi Germany begins to experience major production problems. With no wars to be fought and labor no longer indispensable, the German economy begins to slow down. Fuehrer Hitler declares that there is 100% employment and, “The nation’s economy has never been stronger.” This is a bald-faced lie. By June 1950, unemployment will be at 15% in Germany, with working class Germans, loyal Nazis, feeling the blunt of the recession.

Event Date: 6-20-1950
Event Description: Nazi Germany is now facing embargoes from over 35-nations. The United States, usually isolationist, has led the world in a trade war against the Nazis. German factories begin to slow down, or close down altogether. As Hitler raves about “Bolshevik plots” against production, Albert Speer and Erwin Rommell meet in secret. “We have to do something about this economic embargo,” Speer tells Rommell, “If we don’t then our nation is doomed to a return to the 1920s.” Rommell assures Speer that the nation will recover, “Once Hitler and his crew are removed from power.” The two agree to take the Third Reich’s most powerful leaders down on July 6th, 1950. The Day of   Auflehnung.

Event Date: 7-06-1950
Event Description: Nazi Germany shuts down. The factories close, the death camps are still, and the Reichstag is quiet. The nation’s workers take to the streets, but this time with clubs and knives. Shouting, “Remember April 20!” the disgruntled workers battle the SS. In the Reichstag, former General Erwin Rommell makes good use of his decorative pistols by personally disposing of Nazi Foreign Minster Hermann Goering and Propaganda Minister Joseph Goerbels. Albert Speer takes care of Reinhard Heydrich, but refuses to murder Adolf Hitler or his wife Eva. Hitler, seeing his fascist utopia crumble before his eyes, commits suicide with one of his famed silver pistols. Spear hides Eva Hitler, pregnant with what will be a son, until she can take a ship to Argentina.

Event Date: 7-07-1950
Event Description: Erwin Rommell takes power as Chancellor of the Fourth Reich of Germany. “The era of Nazism is over,” Rommell tells the people of Germany that night over radio, “The forced labor, the murders, the silencing, the terror, is now a thing of the past.” Albert Speer, a loyal Nazi-turned-turncoat, becomes Majority Leader of the German Reichstag. A parliamentary democracy will be established, with multi-party elections. For the first time since 1933, Germany is free from one-party rule.

Event Date: 7-10-1950
Event Description: Eva Hitler arrives in Buenos Ares, Argentina, and is welcomed by President Juan Peron and his wife Evita. Eva will change her name back to Eva Braun, and shall bear a son. In the United States, Ronald Reagan leads the nation in celebrating the fall of Nazism. “The 1,000 year Reich has fallen in far less than that time,” Reagan tells the nation, “It is time that all fascism is confined to the ash heap of history.” The nations of Spain and Italy are the only literal fascist governments, but several nations (such as Egypt, France, Vietnam, China, and Argentina) are still under control of Nazi backed governments.

Event Date: 8-06-1950
Event Description: Charles de Gaulle leads a coup against the Vichy Government of France. Since the fall of the Third Reich, the Vichy Government has struggled to stay on its feet. General de Gaulle, a hero of the French Resistance, receives support from unemployed laborers and, surprisingly, students.

Event Date: 8-08-1950
Event Description: With Europe in disarray over the fall of the Nazi German regime, Wall Street lays an egg. Massive amount of selling leads to a vicious bear market. A recession is on the horizon, but not too serious of one. A continuing housing crisis is the real threat to most average Americans.

Event Date: 10-12-1950
Event Description: The German Reichstag elections occur, and Albert Speer’s Conservative Party is victorious over the Labor and Social Democracy parties.

Event Date: 11-05-1950
Event Description: The Midterm Elections are a wash. The Republican Party keeps in control of both houses of Congress, with the Democrats losing two seats in the Senate and three in the House of Representatives. Representative Richard Nixon is elected to the Senate from California, despite his opponent, Representative Helan Douglas, attacking him for opposing the trade embargo against Nazi Germany. In Massachusetts, Representative Joseph Kennedy, Junior, is elected Governor of the state his father once governed. "He's on his way," the elder Joe tells John Kenendy, elected that night to his brother's seat in Congress.

Event Date: 12-24-1950
Event Description: President Ernest McFarland announces he will not seek reelection in 1952. President McFarland appears to be quite wooden to most voters. “I lack flash,” President McFarland says, “I’m President, not Ronald Reagan.”


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This TL continues to be a good read. I'm looking forward to the 1952 Presidential Election. Could Governor Joe Kennedy Junior be the Democrats nominee in 1956? Looking forward to the next update.
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I have the end of the McFarland Adminstration and the 1952 Election pretty much ready, but have been too busy to post it. I hope to do so tonight or tommorrow. Smiley
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Event Date: 1-09-1951
Event Description: Eva Braun gives birth to a son: Rudolf Freidrich Braun. This child is the son of the late and infamous Adolf Hitler, Fuehrer of the Third Reich.

Event Date: 1-15-1951
Event Description: The Nuremberg Trials open. German civilian courts try former Nazi officials for, “Crimes against humanity.” Karl and Ilse Koch, the commandants of Buchenwald Concentration Camp, are the first to be tried. Both receive life sentences. Dr. Joseph Mengele, “The Doctor of Death”, is sentenced to a life sentence of hard labor. Rudolf Hoess, the commandant of Auschwitz, is sentenced to life in prison as well. He argues he was, “Only following orders.” Over the next several months, mass graves will be found throughout Europe. The Holocaust has devastated the population of European Jews. There are fewer than 6 million Jews alive in Continental Europe.

Event Date:  2-04-1951
Event Description: Senator Thomas Dewey (Republican of New York) begins a massive probe of waste in the military spending. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, headed by Curtis LeMay, tell Dewey not to bother. “All military spending is crucial,” General LeMay tells the press, “To cut even a dollar would threaten our nation’s security.” However, Senate Majority Leader Knowland sees the merits of a Dewey Commission on Military Spending. “We have been spending a great deal on the military since the 1930s,” Senator Knowland tells the press, “It’s high time someone look into the misspending of our multimillion dollar army.” Under the public façade, Knowland has quite another idea. Senator Dewey, who briefly sought the White House in 1948, is looking more and more likely as the progressive Republican choice for president in 1952. By interrogating the military, Knowland hopes that he can attack Dewey as “weak” on national security when the Senate Majority Leader seeks the Oval Office in 1952.

Event Date: 3-01-1951
Event Description: “The Dewey Commission” opens. NBC’s Ronald Reagan will become a leading opponent of, “Senator Dewey’s meddling in our nation’s security.” Despite opposition from one of the most popular radio personalities in America, Senator Dewey will conduct studies and interrogations into the U.S. Military until the summer.  

Event Date: 4-05-1951
Event Description: Former Vice-President, Secretary of State and 1936 Republican Presidential nominee Charles G. Dawes, sick from tuberculosis, appears on the stage of Independence Hall in Washington, D.C., to play piano for one song at a concert honoring famed lyricist Carl Sigman. “It’s all in the Game”, a jaunty “rock-and-roll” type song about sandlot baseball, will hit #1 in the pop music charts. Dawes will win several music awards for his tune, but never go to any of the ceremonies. In just two weeks, he will die of ailment at his home in Galena, Illinois.

Event Date: 6-07-1951
Event Description: Former President Douglas MacArthur testifies before the Dewey Commission. Putting big hole in the arguments of General LeMay and Ronald Reagan, the former Allied Commander during the Japanese-American War tells Senator Dewey (with his close Senate friend Harry Truman by his side) that there is indeed a great deal of misuse of funds in the military. For three hours he numbers off on different defense contracts which are useless, but still receiving money, and other such discrepancies. “In conclusion, money could be spent elsewhere,” President MacArthur says, “However, we should still maintain a powerful military, capable of awesome force.”

Event Date: 6-08-1951
Event Description: Lieutenant Colonel Dwight Eisenhower testifies before the Dewey Commission. Long an opponent of high military spending, Ike rages against, “The military industrial complex which holds a stranglehold on our nation’s budget.” Eisenhower attacks President McFarland, Senate Minority Leader Alban Barkley, and Ronald Reagan, the, “Voice of the reactionaries.” After illustrating the waste in the military budget (like MacArthur the day before), Ike also illustrates how additional money could be given to education, infrastructure, and, to the chagrin of many isolationist Republicans, to foreign aide for peace. Lieutenant Colonel Eisenhower ends his four hour testimony with this statement: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” To this, Ronald Reagan replies, “Eisenhower is dabbling in sentimental hogwash.”

Event Date: 7-15-1951
Event Description: With flood waters drowning his state, Governor Edward Arn calls in former President Herbert Hoover to head up relief in not just his state, but the entire afflicted area from Louisiana to Nebraska. Hoover, who is known for his skills at securing relief for refugees, will head up the effort from May 1951 until April 1952. Under the leadership of President Hoover, thousands of displaced Americans are given shelter, food, and clothing during their months as flood refugees. Governor Arn, accredited with the historical knowledge to call in “The Great Humanitarian”, becomes nationally known due to photo opportunities with President Hoover.

Event Date: 7-19-1951
Event Description: President Ernest McFarland recognizes the German Fourth Reich in a Rose Garden Ceremony. Chancellor Erwin Rommell attends the ceremony, enthusiastically shaking hands with all. “Today is a great honor,” the former Nazi General declares, “Today is the day our nation reenters the civilized world.” Despite western skepticism over Prime Minister Albert Speer and his recent conversion to a democracy loving statesman, there is no doubt that the world is safer and a better place since the fall of the Third Reich.

Event Date: 8-01-1951
Event Description: Senator Thomas Dewey makes his official report on waste in military spending. “Of the over $400 million spent on armaments in this nation,” Dewey concludes, “It only makes sense that the pork be trimmed, and the money saved given to the future generations.” Senator Dewey, nearly overnight, has become a national figure and the progressive choice for President of the United States in 1952. It looks as if Senate Majority Leader Knowland’s plan has blown up in his face.

Event Date: 10-16-1951
Event Description: The race for President of the United States is in full swing. In Abilene, Kansas, progressive Republican Senator Thomas Dewey rides down Main Street with local hero, Dwight Eisenhower, and Kansas Governor Edward Arn. Recent events have made all three of these men national figures. To combat this publicity, Senate Majority Leader William Knowland begins to question the, “Anti-military statements of Dewey and Eisenhower.” This will become a favorite statement of Knowland in the upcoming campaign.

Event Date: 10-22-1951
Event Description: Talk begins about a “Draft Reagan” movement in the Democratic Party. After the perennially wooden President McFarland, some Democrats see the handsome, articulate and likable 38-year old Reagan as a perfect candidate. Senate Minority Leader Alban Barkley tells the press he likes the idea of a radio man in the Oval Office. “At least then people would actually want to listen to what the President says,” the wry Barkley says. However, Reagan will have nothing to do with the draft movement. “Imagine a guy like me as president!” Reagan declares, “Heck, just the thought makes my hair turn gray!”

Event Date: 3-11-1952
Event Description: The New Hampshire Primary is held for both parties, with record turnouts for the primary. On the Republican side, Senator Thomas Dewey of New York bests Senate Majority Leader William Knowland and former Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen. Senator Knowland had tried to tie Dewey’s probe into military misspending to weakening the USA’s strength abroad, but with no real threats since the fall of Nazism, the attacks don’t stick. On the Democratic side, Representative Averell Harriman of New York defeats Senate Minority Leader Alban Barkley, Senator Richard Russell of Georgia, Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, and Secretary of the Navy Charles Edison of New Jersey. The victory of the two New Yorkers is one that represents the two major factions of both parties: Dewey is a progressive while Harriman has had a conservative voting record.

Event Date: 3-18-1952
Event Description: The Minnesota Primary is held, with surprising results. Senator Dewey defeats Stassen in his own home state, forcing the progressive Republican Stassen to drop out of the race. He will later, begrudgingly, endorse Senator Dewey. Senator Knowland is forced to third place, but he didn’t even focus on Minnesota. On the Democratic side, progressive Democratic Senator Hubert Humphrey (whom has been courted by Republicans to switch sides) is able to lead Senator Kefauver to an upset victory over Representative Harriman. The more liberal Kefauver can credit his victory not to his own industries, but to the support of the most popular politician in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Event Date: 4-01-1952
Event Description: In military family heavy Nebraska, Senator Knowland is able to win an easy victory over Senator Dewey, whom Knowland referred to as, “The slash the army Senator.” The Democratic side produces a victor in Senator Barkley, whose campaign appealed to the agricultural community. The Democrats still do not have a clear front-runner, or even a horserace between two candidates. Held also today is the Wisconsin Primary, where Dewey and Kefauver win.
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Event Date: 4-10-1952
Event Description: Following a defeat in Illinois to Representative Harriman, Senator Kefauver attempts to appeal to the nation’s businessmen by promising that he will be, “A president who supports continental trade.” This opinion has been a Democratic keystone since the days of Grover Cleveland, but Representative Harriman sees an attack possibility in upcoming Pennsylvania.

Event Date: 4-22-1952
Event Description: After trading blows throughout the month, Senator Dewey wins the crucial Pennsylvania Primary. He is helped by the appearance of former President Hoover at a rally near Independence Hall. “The future of the party is Senator Dewey,” Hoover declared to the crowd of cheering supporters, “Let us not refuse our own future; let us embrace it for victory.” Senator Dewey defeats Knowland by a 62-38% margin, with his biggest pluralities coming from Pittsburg and Philadelphia. On the Democratic side, Representative Harriman narrowly defeats Senator Kefauver. Kefauver accused Harriman by playing to; “The fears of society,” by telling industrial workers in the state that Kefauver’s plan to open a form of free trade with the nations of the Americas would land them in the poor house. “This campaign appeals to the fears of society,” Senator Humphrey, who campaigned for Kefauver, “You can’t vote your fears; you have to vote your hopes.”

Event Date: 5-06-1952
Event Description: Senator Dewey wins in Ohio, despite Governor John W. Bricker endorsing Senator Knowland. With this victory, Dewey has established himself as the clear frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. Representative Harriman once again fear mongers amongst the industrial workers to win the Ohio Primary, but he only narrowly defeats Senator Kefauver. By now, Senators Russell and Barkley have long since dropped out of the race. Despite his loss in Ohio, Kefauver takes Florida with the support of Senator George Smathers, a very conservative Democrat.

Event Date: 6-13-1952
Event Description: Senator Thomas E. Dewey of New York clinches the Republican nomination for President by winning the California Primary, over native Californian Senator William Knowland. Knowland’s campaign was seen as too conservative for the Republican Party. However, South Dakota votes for Knowland. On the Democratic side, Senator Kefauver narrowly wins the California Primary, with Harriman taking South Dakota. Neither Kefauver nor Harriman has a majority of delegates; the primaries will be expanded to the convention.

Event Date: 7-17-1952
Event Description: The Republican Convention in Chicago, Illinois, nominates Senator Thomas Dewey of New York for President. The convention selects another nationally known Republican, Kansas Governor Edward Arn, for Vice-President. The two men are nationally known, “One for cleaning up government, and the other for mopping up a flood.”

Event Date: 7-21-1952
Event Description: In the same building where the Republicans quietly chose the ticket of Dewey-Arn, the Democratic Convention opens. The frontrunners, Representative Averell Harriman and Senator Estes Kefauver, are unable to claim the nomination due to a lack of delegates. Governor Adlai Stevenson welcomes the delegates with a rousing speech, but refuses any draft into the presidential nomination. “You can not make a national candidate out of me,” he tells the press, “I wasn’t born into poverty, I didn’t work my way through school, I am just a boring candidate.” The first day of balloting leaves no favorite.

Event Date: 7-22-1952
Event Description: Senator J. William Fulbright addresses the convention, calling for a compromise choice. “I wonder who that will be?” sarcastically comments Ronald Reagan, covering the convention for NBC. When Reagan appears later in the afternoons on the convention floor, adoring delegates begin to chant, “Reagan and Victory,” but the well liked Reagan refuses to be a candidate. After 27 ballots, there is still no frontrunner, but Senator Fulbright has become a favorite amongst many delegates who are less than thrilled over Kefauver and Harriman.

Event Date: 7-23-1952
Event Description: By 1:00 a.m., the Democrats are still voting in the overheated convention building. By now, Senators Barkley and Russell have given their delegates to Representative Harriman, but Senator Kefauver still has a lead. Around 7:00 a.m., Senator Humphrey meets with Senator Fulbright, who is balloting very well for a candidate who never entered a single primary. In what is called, “The Breakfast Truce,” Humphrey is able to convince Fulbright to drop out of the race, and endorse Senator Kefauver.

Event Date: 7-24-1952
Event Description: The Democratic Convention finally nominated Senator Estes Kefauver for President. To reward him for his support, Kefauver selects Senator Fulbright as his running-mate. “Senator Kefauver and I will win this election,” Fulbright cries in an energetic acceptance address, “And we’ll make Dewey and his Republicans like it.”

Event Date: 8-01-1952
Event Description: The Gallup Poll shows that Senator Dewey leads Senator Kefauver by 52-40%, but the charismatic Dewey refuses to sit the election out. He and Kefauver will travel over 200,000 miles during the 1952 race, making more than 120-speeches combined. “Behold the leviathan,” NBC’s Ronald Reagan joyfully tells his listeners, “The presidential campaign!”

Event Date: 10-03-1952
Event Description: The first TV commercials in presidential election history begin to air. The charismatic and handsome Senator Dewey uses them to his advantage. His commercials focus around the theme of, “Are you better off now than four years ago?” Pointing to rising inflation and a growing mortgage crisis, Dewey’s ads seem to be more effective than Kefauver’s message of, “You’ve never had it so good.”

Event Date: 11-04-1952
Event Description: Senator Thomas Dewey of New York is elected President of the United States, defeating Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee. The underwhelming presidency of Ernest McFarland as well as the souring world economy led to the dynamic Dewey’s landslide victory.



Thomas Dewey/Edward Arn (R): 380 EV; 57.3% of the PV
Estes Kefauver/J. William Fulbright (D): 151 EV; 41.1% of the PV
Others (Prohibition, Socialist Labor, etc.): 0 EV; 1.6% of the PV

The Congress also experiences the Republican landslide. The Senate and House solidify themselves around the GOP, with the Democrats mainly confined to the South and the Mountain West. Although Senator Dewey won Massachusetts by 15-points, both Governor and Representative Kennedy are easily reelected. Governor Joseph Kennedy, Jr., though only 37-years old, is seen as the frontrunner for the 1956 Democratic nomination. In Iowa, Republican Nile Kinnick is elected Governor of Iowa. Like Kennedy, he is seen as a future candidate for president by his respective party   

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« Reply #62 on: December 02, 2007, 11:15:44 pm »
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Though I am saddened by Kefauver's loss there are few Republicans I would rather he lose to :-D
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Event Date: 6-08-1951
Event Description: Lieutenant Colonel Dwight Eisenhower testifies before the Dewey Commission. Long an opponent of high military spending, Ike rages against, “The military industrial complex which holds a stranglehold on our nation’s budget.” Eisenhower attacks President Dewey, Senate Minority Leader Alban Barkley, and Ronald Reagan, the, “Voice of the reactionaries.”

I think either you or Ike is getting ahead of yourself. Wink
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Glad to see that Thomas Dewey was elected as President in this TL. I'm really looking forward to the 1956 Presidential Election between Dewey and (probably) Governor Joe Kennedy Junior. Will Nile Kinnick's problems of being a Christian Scientist plauge him if he were to run for President?
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Rockefeller Republican,

Kinnick's religion will become an issue, as Kennedy's will. It is sad that one's personal religion must be an issue in presidential elections, but it is a truth.
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To the 6 people who read this timeline,

I'm sorry I have not updated it. I have agreat deal of the Dewey Administration written, but due to most of my family working with finals for school (as am I), I can't get it all the way finished. I hope to have the entire Dewey presidency up by the end of the week.

Sorry for the lack of activity in the timeline.

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It's good to know this hasn't been forgotten.
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The Presidency of Thomas Dewey

Event Date: 1-20-1953
Event Description: Thomas Edmund Dewey is sworn in as President of the United States. “I promise to this nation,” he declares in his Inaugural Address, “That I will never soil the trust you have placed upon me.” He swears an administration that honors efficiency and progressive reform. In what is almost an opposite of the conservative McFarland Administration, former Attorney General Earl Warren is returned to his old job. Lieutenant Colonel Dwight Eisenhower is made Secretary of Defense, vowing to make the military, “Efficient and as unneeded as possible.” President Dewey appoints brothers to his cabinet: Herbert Hoover, Jr., as Secretary of State and Allan Hoover as Secretary of Commerce. “He’s brought the 1920s back to the White House!” proclaims Ronald Reagan, “God save us!”

Event Date: 1-25-1953
Event Description: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible opens on Broadway. Although on the surface a play about the Salem Witch Trials, Miller’s lesson of the dangers of paranoia over mere speculation is a critique of President MacArthur, J. Edgar Hoover, and Senator Joseph McCarthy and their internal communism purge in the mid-1940s. The play will be a hit, and inspire ACLU Attorney Thurgood Marshall to represent imprisoned diplomat Eleanor Roosevelt in court. 

Event Date: 2-25-1953
Event Description: The United States launches its first satellite, Independence, into orbit. The satellite is named after the hometown of Senator Harry Truman, the man who introduced the space program to the United States Senate. The Germans now have a neighbor in outer space.

Event Date: 3-01-1953
Event Description: Former President Herbert Hoover and his son, Secretary of Commerce Allan Hoover, are appointed by President Dewey to reorganize the Executive Branch. “This administration is determined to end waste in government,” President Dewey addresses the nation over the new medium of television, “To accomplish this goal, we bring in the man who inspired the word ‘Hooverize’, the very meaning of making things efficient.” President Dewey today begins the massive, “Untangling, unraveling of government,” he promised during the 1952 Election. The Democrats, though on the average the conservative party, are divided over the Dewey reforms. “We will not support a cut of our nation’s military once again!” Senator John Stennis (Democrat of Mississippi) tells his colleagues.

Event Date: 3-15-1953
Event Description: After playing in the minor leagues since 1948, Fidel Castro is traded to the New York Yankees to play the position of pitcher.

Event Date: 3-18-1953
Event Date: President Alexander Kerensky of Russia is reelected to his office. The President is the head of the People’s Party. He defeats Labor Party nominee Konstantin Chernenko, the Mayor of Moscow. The young and dynamic Chernenko is expected to make a comeback once the greatly admired Kerensky retires.

Event Date: 4-05-1953
Event Description: President Dewey unveils his “New Day” plan for America. “This ‘New Day’ will include workers, students, teachers, and veterans,” Dewey tells the nation in a television address, “The ‘New Day’ will be a bright one for all Americans, not just the select few.” President Dewey outlines a plan for unemployment, workman’s compensation, a living wage, tort reform, student aide for college, increased funding for the arts, and a list of other social reforms. The Democrats vow to fight every one of his plans. “If the Moneyman of Albany thinks he can bankrupt the nation’s taxpayers for his silly pet projects,” Ronald Reagan tells his audience, “Than his mustache must be cutting off the blood to his brain.”

Event Date: 4-12-1953
Event Description: Senator Everett Dirksen (Republican of Illinois) introduces the Dirksen College Loan Act. The first federal student loans are established, and they will be required to be adjusted for inflation. The hope of this bill is to encourage America’s poorest citizens, primarily minorities in the Northeast and Southwest, to become educated and professionals. This act will not apply to those students who have full ride scholarships of course, like Malcolm Little. After graduating first in his class from the University of Michigan, he has a full ride scholarship to Harvard Law School.

Event Date: 4-15-1953
Event Date: Senator Dirksens’ college loan plan passes the Senate, despite attempted derailing by Senate Minority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Democrat of Texas). “This unconstitutional act will make our state universities tools for federal government propaganda!” the Texan bellowed. His calls are not heard, and the bill will pass both houses of Congress, and be signed into law by President Dewey. The New Day has begun.

Event Date: 5-21-1953
Event Description: Ronald Reagan addresses Bob Jones University in South Carolina, giving a speech ripping President Dewey. “The New Day is as bad as the New Deal before it,” Reagan tells the mainly Democratic crowd, “It robs from the affluent to give to the idle. President Dewey wants our nation to aid the lazy from cradle to grave, and this is where ruin lies. Greece, Rome, and the other republics of the ancient era fell because they overextended their government into the daily lives of citizens. When this happens, liberty is lost. Ladies and gentlemen, we must defend liberty! Those who would sell it out for the ‘security’ of the welfare state are dangerous, and should be thrown from office, not occupying the highest.” Reagan’s speech goes over well, but many in his radio audience feel he has overextended his dislike of government spending. “To call the President of the United States ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘dangerous’,” CBS radio announcer Walter Winchell says, “Simply because he believes in human dignity is appalling.” Reagan still dominated the air waves, and his opposition to President Dewey will continue to be strong.

Event Date: 6-18-1953
Event Date:  Senator Hubert Humphrey (Democrat of Minnesota) introduces the Humphrey Wage Act. Under this bill, the minimum wage would be adjusted for inflation every year, to insure it is a, “Living wage.” Senate Minority Leader Lyndon Johnson declares, “An all out war on needles poverty legislation.” Humphrey’s bill will pass a Senate sub-committee, but be stalled in the chamber.

Event Date: 6-30-1953
Event Description: The filibuster of the Humphrey wage Act is voted to end. The Democrats simply were too divided over the issue. Senator Humphrey, feeling betrayed by his party, switches to the GOP. “The party didn’t leave me,” President Humphrey jokes as he changes his party registration, “I left the party!” Senator Humphrey is welcomed to the GOP ranks by President Dewey himself at a White House dinner. “We’ve been waiting Hubert,” the President tells him. Ronald Reagan, becoming increasingly anti-Dewey everyday, says that night, “The Democrats say farewell to the Hapless Warrior.”

Event Date: 7-26-1953
Event Description: As Fidel Castro primps to begin pitching for the Yankees next year, Che Guevara and his rebels are slaughtered by President Fugenico Batista’s troops at Moncada Barracks. Guevara had hoped to use Cuba as a starting point to lead a Communist revolution throughout Latin America. In New York, Fidel Castro, a former Cuban, calls Guevara, “A fool.” Castro is exceedingly pro-American, so much he makes some of his fellow Yankees laugh.

Event Date: 9-01-1953
Event Description: The Hoover Commission releases its findings. “The government is too big, plain and simple,” former President Herbert Hoover tells the nation, “The executive branch needs to be reorganized from the top down.” Secretary of Commerce Allan Hoover announces that the U.S. government could save over $200 million by, “Eliminating half of government employees.” This statement puts much of Washington, D.C., in a tizzy. Many government employees complaint that this is a threat of layoffs. “It isn’t,” Secretary Hoover tells representatives of government workers “All you need to do is make some efficient changes you’re your jobs will be safe.” Later that evening, the representatives will call this notion, “Ridiculous.” ”Nothing makes a government employee more upset,” Allan Hoover tells his father, “Than telling them they may have to be efficient.”

Event Date: 9-03-1953
Event Description: The United States Congress adopts the Hoover Act, which grants every government spending change the Hoover Commission recommends. This act received support from most Congressmen, with Senator Harry Truman introducing the act. “Hoover made me a Republican,” Truman tells the press, “It’s only right I do my part to repay him.”

Event Date: 9-17-1953
Event Description: The Christian epic “The Robe” opens in theatres to overwhelming audiences. The Reverend Billy Graham had endorsed the film on Ronald Reagan’s “Voice of the Nation.” Another film, “War of the Worlds” based off of H.G. Wells’ classic novel, flops. Without the fear of atomic war, very few people fear any type of earthly destruction.

Event Date: 12-25-1953
Event Description: Ronald Reagan makes his television debut narrating a NBC production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” British actor Alistair Sim stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, as he had in the 1951 adaptation of the story. Jimmy Stewart plays the role of Bob Cratchit. The Reagan, Sim and Stewart trio is hailed as brilliant, and the production will be played by NBC every Christmas.
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Event Date: 1-30-1954
Event Description: In a recall election, Argentinean President Juan Peron is thrown from office. In the following months, the new President Eduardo Lonardi will discover that Peron’s government was harboring former Nazi officials, including Adolf Eichman, an architect of the Holocaust. However, Eve Braun and her child Rudolph are not found, as they are both living in a convent. Braun hopes her son will enter the clergy.

Event Date: 2-03-1954
Event Description: Secretary of the Treasury George Humphrey informs President Dewey of a grave problem: there is to be a budget deficit. The New Day has caused an increase in spending, not seen since the days of the Hoover Administration. “Never!” Dewey snaps, “This has to be dealt with.” The only options, Humphrey explains, are cutting the New Day or raising taxes. “We will not cut the New Day,” President Dewey tells Secretary Humphrey. He will have to raise taxes, and he knows it’ll mean hell.

Event Date: 3-12-1954
Event Date: A spending bill is passed by the House of Representatives, but only after a great deal of debate. Speaker of the House Joe Martin introduces a tax increase into the bill. The tax focuses on “sin items” like cigarettes, alcohol and playing cards, but even Speaker Martin admits the tax is a bit much. “The White House wants these to keep the budget balanced,” Speaker Martin explains to the House, “I don’t want these fees, but as the leader of the party in this body, I must do it.” House Minority Leader Sam Rayburn (Democrat of Texas) calls the fee increase, “Taxin’ Tom’s tobacco tussle.” The vote for the spending bill, which includes such New Day policies as increasing funds for public education and healthcare for the working poor, barely passes the House. The Senate will be even bitterer in confirming the tax hike. The elegant Hubert Humphrey is able to get enough GOP hardliners to support the act by telling them it is only a temporary fee hike. Ronald Reagan has a field day, calling the Dewey Administration, “One that taxes our patience…literally.”

Event Date: 3-18-1954
Event Description: Ronald Reagan interviews Senator Joseph McCarthy (Republican of Wisconsin). McCarthy expresses his disappointment in President Dewey’s sin taxes and his suspension of anti-Communist hearings. “We might as well have some radical like Hubert Humphrey in the Oval Office,” McCarthy tells Reagan. After attacking the Dewey Administration for, “Ruining our fiscal house with silly spending,” Senator McCarthy surprises even Reagan by declaring, “In response to the President’s tax hikes and general misusage of funds, I hereby declare my candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in 1956.” President Dewey now faces a primary opponent. At the Governor’s Mansion in Boston, Governor Joseph Kennedy, Junior, tells his wife Evelyn, “Remind dad to invite old Joe over for Easter. He deserves a reward for this.”

Event Date: 4-04-1954
Event Description: In Los Angeles, three LA policemen see a Latino man walking away from a jewelry store through a back alley. Having received reports of a Latino looking man who has broken into three other jewelry shops this week, they chase the man down. The man attacks the police, but the three beat him into submission. After bringing him in for questioning, it is revealed he is not the thief. An LA Times reporter, Mark Chandler (the son of the editor) reports on the police beating. By nightfall, the city is in flames. The second Zoot Suit riot has begun.

Event Date: 4-05-1954
Event Description: Los Angles Mayor Norris Poulson, a Dewey supporting Republican, calls on the president to mobilize the National Guard in Los Angles. Latino rioters have taken much of the Southside of the city. President Dewey, at a meeting with President Kerensky in Portland, Maine, fails to respond. The day is lost to the rioters. “As Los Angles burns,” Ronald Reagan tells the nation, “Mr. Dewey plays a deadly game of roulette with the Socialist president of Russia.”

Event Date: 4-07-1954
Event Description: Governor Goodwin Knight visits President Dewey at the White House. Knight, another pro-Dewey Republican, tells Dewey to send the National Guard. President Dewey is reluctant. “Where is the state guard?” asks the President. “Their putting out wildfires!” Governor Knight cries, “We need your boy’s to put out our city fires! We need the guard to defend families in LA!” Thomas Dewey is not one to give into feelings or passions. Despite the cots of such an action, he sends the National Guard to Los Angeles. In several hours, the rioters are quieted. President Dewey is not helped by the incident. To much of the country he appears uncaring, a human efficiency machine who though more of saving money than lives. He will pay for his mistake in the coming months.

Event Date: 5-17-1954
Event Description: Event Description: Linda Brown walks to Sumner Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas, where she is in the sixth grade. She is black, and the school is racially integrated. There is nothing unusual about this. The work of President Hoover, MacArthur and Dewey has made such integration common in the United States. The landmark today is that Fidel Castro pitches for his first time for the New York Yankees, pitching a game that is considered far superior to most first time major league pitchers. “We should keep our eye on that fellow from Cuba,” baseball legend Joe DiMaggio tells the New York Post.

Event Date: 7-04-1954
Event Description: President Dewey, former President MacArthur, Secretary of Defense Dwight Eisenhower, Generals Omar Bradley and George Patton as well as over 2 million Japanese-American War veterans meet at a White House dinner honoring the brave men and women who served the United States in the last war it has fought. “You battled for liberty and justice,” President Dewey tells them, “That is why we today must battle for human dignity.”

Event Date: 10-09-1954
Event Description: The Democrats unveil their strategy to retake Congress. “Had enough?” is their simply campaign slogan. This slogan sums up the feelings a great deal of Americans are having towards the progressive Dewey Administration. “We are sick of the taxes, spending and endless activism,” Senate Minority Leader Lyndon Johnson tells a crowd of angry voters in Flint, Michigan, “It is time we get some safe and sane Democrats into office to stop this President’s spending spree!” It seems like many voters agree.   

Event Date: 11-06-1954
Event Description: The midterm elections are a nightmare for President Dewey. The Democratic Party takes the Senate and almost wins the House of Representatives. Voters upset over the President’s tax increase and slow response to the Zoot Suit riots in Los Angles, agreed with the Democratic slogan, “Had enough?” President Dewey’s New Day is now in peril of meeting dusk. Governor Kenendy is reelected by a landlside over Christian Herter, Dewey's Under Secretary of State. Kenendy hopes to expand his victory over the Dewey Administration in 1956.   

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« Reply #70 on: December 11, 2007, 11:43:55 pm »
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Great timeline that I don't comment on nearly enough. I have to say that I'm not really liking Reagan in this one though. Hopefully he says something stupid and his show gets pulled off the air or something LOL.
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The "six people" comment was just a joke. Smiley

I appreciate you find my timeline interesting. I just wish I had more time to work on it.
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« Reply #72 on: December 12, 2007, 06:10:56 pm »
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I am really looking forward to the 1956 Presidential Election, hopefully between Governor Joseph P. Kennedy Junior and President Thomas E. Dewey. May I ask PBrunsel, does Ronald Reagan plan on embarking a political career?
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Event Date: 1-03-1955
Event Description: The Congress meets to elect its new leaders. In the Senate, Lyndon Johnson, at age 47, becomes the youngest Senate Majority Leader in history. Senator William Knowland is defeated for the position of Senate Minority Leader. Senator Harry Truman, a close ally of President Dewey, is elected Senate Minority Leader. In the House of Representatives, Speaker Joe Martin barely holds off a conservative challenge from Representative Charles Halleck (Republican of Indiana), who is also the Majority Leader. The GOP is a divided one, which is not a good state to help salvage the Dewey New Day program.

Event Date: 1-19-1955
Event Description: Congressman Charles Percy (Republican of Illinois) introduces the Percy Legal Reform Act. Under this act, every American will be given an attorney, no matter how poor they are. House Minority Leader Sam Rayburn declares this act “Will use taxpayer dollars to buy flashy defense attorneys for guilty criminals.” In the Justice Department, Attorney General Earl Warren begins “arm twisting” in the Senate to insure the passage of this act.

Event Date: 1-21-1955
Event Description: The Percy Legal Reform Act passes the House of Representatives by a large margin. Many Democrats supported the act after being promised new courthouses for their districts by Attorney General Warren. A new courthouse represents modernizing counties, always something a Congressman strives to do. However, this will not work in the Senate, where Majority Leader Johnson has sworn to oppose the bill, “At all costs of Senate time and protocol.”

Event Date: 1-23-1955
Event Description: Justice Department official W. Mark Felt meets with Senator Earl Long (Democrat of Louisiana), the Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee. Long, appointed to his brother Huey’s seat after Huey died of heart attack in 1946, is considered a pretty lowlife politician to serve as the chair of anything ethical. Felt tells Long that he knows he has had his own mental health files destroyed. “You’re as crazy as any Louisiana politician,” Felt tells Senator Long, “However; you violated a lot of laws having all evidence of your mental instability destroyed.” Long, who has suffered his entire life from manic depression, tells Felt that this is the truth. Felt explains to Long that if he sways some Southern Democratic votes, his illegal actions will not be brought to light. Senator Long agrees to the blackmail.

Event Date: 1-25-1955
Event Description: The Senate votes on the Percy Legal Reform Act. Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson, using his powerful persuasion skills, is nearly able to kill the act. However, Senator Long “persuades” enough Southern Democrats to support the act. His persuasion is mainly in the form of using his role as Chairman of the Ethics Committee to investigate several Senator’s campaigns in 1954. The act passes narrowly. Senator Long is enraged by the blackmail he has been forced to subject himself to. He vows revenge against the Justice Department and Attorney General Warren.

Event Date: 2-15-1955
Event Description: Zhou Enlai, the leader of the Chinese Worker’s Party, defeats incumbent President Chiang Kai-Sheik, the Nationalist Party leader, in an upset in the Chinese presidential election. Enlai benefited from corruption in the Kai-Sheik Government, especially amongst the military leaders. Enlai promises a government for the working class. In the United States, Senator Joseph McCarthy calls on President Dewey to order Enlai to be assassinated. “We have to nip this closet communism in the bud!” McCarthy bellows on the Senate floor, “If the president has any guts he’ll get rid of this Red Chinaman before his ‘worker’s paradise’ is established.” Ronald Reagan applauds McCarthy that night. “Senator McCarthy has once again proven that he has the foresight to defend freedom,” Reagan tells the nation.

Event Date: 3-10-1955
Event Description: President Dewey’s New Day faces a major setback as Senate Majority leader Johnson successfully kills the Morse Immigration Act. Introduced by Senator Wayne Morse (Republican of Oregon and the 1948 GOP Vice-Presidential nominee) this act would have all but eliminated the 1920s immigration quotas. Republicans, generally isolationists, were divided on this issue. Senate Minority Leader Harry Truman opposed the act from the beginning. “I support immigration,” Truman told the Senate, “However; I support safe and sane immigration. This act opens our Southern border completely and erases all the quotas that were established for our own safety.” Also, a great deal of Truman’s constituents in Missouri opposed the act with vehement anger. With both party leaders opposed to the Morse’s bill, it dies very easily. “We’ve stopped open border amnesty,” Senator Johnson crows, “Maybe now Tom we’ll understand who’s running this government. It’s the folks, not his egghead intellectual advisors.”

Event Date: 3-21-1955
Event Description: Governor Joseph Kennedy of Massachusetts, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president in 1956, addresses a large group of conservative Catholics on St. Patrick’s Day at Boston City Hall. He rages against the, “Permissive spirit of the 1950s.” With rock-and-roll just beginning to emerge as the favored music amongst teenagers, Kennedy calls for an end, “To this trash they call music,” and a return to, “The moral values that shaped our nation in its founding days.” In Lynchburg, Virginia, Senator A. Willis Robertson (Democrat of Virginia) applauds as he tells his son Marion, known as Pat to his friends, “That’s the man we need in the White House!” The conservative Senator Robertson, a devout Baptist, plans to meet with the Catholic Kennedy. With his help, Governor Kennedy may be able to appeal to the South to win the Democratic nomination.

Event Date: 4-04-1955
Event Description: With China establishing nearly socialist policies for the working class (including cradle-to-grave aide from the government) Vietnam throws out its once time Nazi backed President Ngo Dinh Diem for Social Democrat Lê Duẩn, a disciple of assonated Social Democrat Ho Chi Minh. President Duẩn promises an end to Diem’s corporate ways and the establishment of a worker’s state, like in China. In the United States, Senator McCarthy calls the establishment of left wing governments in Asia, “The Domino Effect.” “As soon as one becomes Socialist,” he explains on CBS’s Issues and Answers, “Surrounding nations follow. Before we know it Japan, Korea, Siam, Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines will all turn socialist. Then from there, Hawaii, California, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin and finally the entire nation! President Dewey needs to stop these left-winged ‘people’s heroes’ before it is too late! We can either fight them in their homes, or we will have to fight them in our streets.” President Dewey tells his wife Frances that night, in language the two never use, “Pardon my language but that’s a bunch of bullsh**t.”

Event Date: 4-19-1955
Event Description: The United States detonates the first hydrogen bomb. Secretary of Defense Dwight Eisenhower is impressed by the force of the weapon, but also by the cheap price tag is making one. He sees a future of how the military can save money, and also stop war.    

Event Date: 5-13-1955
Event Description: Secretary of Defense Dwight Eisenhower announces his plan to build up the U.S. atomic arsenal. “Nuclear weapons are cheap and the fear of their usage stops wars,” Secretary Eisenhower tells the press, “By building them up, we are tearing down the waste of gross pentagon spending.” President Dewey announces that the plan makes sense. “With Senators Johnson and McCarthy calling for me to do something about the rise of ‘socialism’ in Asia,” Dewey explains in a press conference, “This plan of building up to build down will work.” The media generally opposed to any type of nuclear weapons, attacks Dewey and Eisenhower as, “Warmongers.” Governor Kennedy declares that the two want to, “Put our military men out of work.” Eisenhower’s plan will face some major hurdles. Attorney General Warren volunteers to help the plan pass.
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« Reply #74 on: December 16, 2007, 05:06:02 pm »
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Continues to be very good. I may sound impatient but when will we see the 1956 Presidential Election?
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